More than a dozen people were also injured in Thanjavur district of the southern state of Tamil Nadu after the 9ft (2.7m) vehicle hit a wagon and was towed by worshipers. high voltage lines.
“Hope the injured recover soon,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter, offering his condolences to those affected.
Some of the injured fell as a result of the electric shock, and others rushed to escape from the flames, when they jumped from the chariot that was carrying the statues of Hindu deities in addition to the worshipers.
The chariot, which was on its way back to a nearby temple, was left a charred ruin.
Fire engines and local officials joined the rescue effort.